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DHL breaks records in bumper year

DHL has reported a 22.5% rise in revenue to €81,747m for 2021. The Group has characterised its results as being “on another level,” with new records set in revenue, earnings and a company that is “more profitable than ever”.

DHL breaks records in bumper year

DHL has reported a 22.5% rise in revenue to €81,747m for 2021. The Group has characterised its results as being “on another level,” with new records set in revenue, earnings and a company that is “more profitable than ever”.

At €8bn, operating profit is up 65% year-on-year while the revenue figure is the highest in the company’s history. According to DHL, “Demand for the Group’s logistics solutions reached a new all-time high last year, driven by the significant increase in global trade and continued strong e-commerce with further growth in shipment volumes. That, in turn, enabled the more efficient utilisation of network capacities.”

At a segment level, DHL’s results are strong. At 6%, revenue growth in the Post & Parcel Germany division might well have been the headline in a pre-Covid world. But in 2021, it is far outstripped by double-digit growth elsewhere. Supply Chain (+10.5%), eCommerce Solutions (+22.8%), Express (+26.6%) and Global Forwarding, Freight (+44.4%) all saw top-line growth explode, “driven by the significant increase in global trade and continued strong e-commerce with further growth in shipment volumes,” according to DHL.

Post & Parcel Germany saw record volumes of 1.8bn parcels, up from 1.6bn in 2020, which drove revenue growth. In eCommerce Solutions, double-digit growth was recorded in “almost all” regions, pushing profitability to more than double to €417m. Express saw revenue jump from €19.1bn in 2020 to €24.2bn, as TDI volumes rose 10.3% and average shipment weights were also higher. The operations in Global Forwarding, Freight resulted in revenues that totalled €22.8bn. Air and sea volumes were up 25.7% and 8.7% respectively, and with high demand driving rates higher, profitability grew as EBIT more than doubled to €1.3bn. CEO Frank Appel stated “2021 was an extraordinary year…E-commerce has continued to grow, and global trade has recovered very quickly. We profitably transported record volumes of freight, express shipments, parcels and operated more efficiently than ever before.”

Perhaps though, it’s DHL’s view of the future that matters most. Throughout its reporting, it’s clear that DHL expects 2021 results to represent a base, not a peak. Presenting the results, CFO Melanie Kreis stated “As reflected in the newly-issued 2022 and 2024 guidance, DPDHL Group is confident to hold and grow earnings from this new level.” Investment lies ahead too with plans to spend €4.2bn across the business. Eleven new aircraft will enter service in 2022, with a further six to follow. DHL Express has plans to “modernise and expand” its German network with warehouse automation and spending towards carbon neutrality also on the agenda. With a strong set of results, DHL plans to take advantage of the rising tide.

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U.S. Business Says “Make America Integrate Again”

In December 1791, United States Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton submitted his Report on Manufactures to Congress. In it, he made the case for transitioning the country’s economy from a primarily agrarian model to an industrial one that would level the trading playing field with Europe. An important part of his proposal was to introduce tariffs that would deter imports of products that could compete with the nascent U.S. manufacturing sector. Less than two years later, the Yellow Fever epidemic struck the United States. Hamilton and his wife fell ill and recovered.

And hopefully, that’s where any parallels with the present-day end.

The first half of the 18th century saw one of the most active periods of protectionist tariffs in the history of the United States, largely as a response to interrelated economic and military wars that the country was engaged in at the time with trans-Atlantic continental powers. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, it would likely be premature to claim that the U.S. has resolved its trade conflicts across both oceans. Some argue that the new administration will be unlikely to ease trade policies (and tariffs) against China, in particular. However, there is a view that a policy of more open engagement with other overseas partners – particularly historic allies – will lead to less protectionism in the coming months and years. And that this can aid the economic recovery that the country urgently needs to pursue as we address the damage inflicted by the pandemic across many areas of our economy

That view is certainly supported by a significant number of U.S. business leaders. In a survey of 500 senior business executives recently conducted by DHL and Vanson Bourne, nearly 9 out of 10 (89%) said that their organizations’ economic recovery will rely upon robust international flows of trade over the next 12 months. 81% of the same group = each representing companies with at least USD 1 billion of sales –  also believe that their organizations’ profitability would increase if the U.S. were to move away from some of the protectionist trade policies of recent years.

The DHL Global Connectedness Index (GCI), produced by researchers from NYU Stern’s School of Business, has since 2011 provided a clear illustration of the correlation between more global connections and prosperity. The GCI researchers have argued that countries could achieve GDP increases of up to 5% by implementing policies that increased the flow of trade, capital, people and information. While the U.S., by virtue of the size of its economy and population, has a low level of international trade flows relative to its domestic economy, it enjoys some of the broadest trade relationships globally, ranking second in this dimension of the GCI. North America is the top region globally in terms of information and capital flows, which is a testament in large part to the global reach of both Wall Street and Silicon Valley. As the survey respondents assert, by unleashing even more of its trade potential, and perhaps even copying aspects of the “free-flowing” model that it has applied to establish itself as a global leader in capital and information, the U.S. has an opportunity to unlock economic growth and bolster its post-COVID recovery.

There are some low-hanging fruits already in place. Closer to home, the USMCA has already laid some of the foundations for international cooperation. Modified to reflect a new digital economy, the agreement will undoubtedly support U.S. businesses that are looking to trade with Canada and Mexico, particularly online. We at DHL have seen first-hand the increasingly prominent role that e-commerce has played in the economy throughout the pandemic, and while this has been fueled by social distancing and lockdowns, we see it simply as a rapid acceleration of a trend that was already in play. COVID has brought e-commerce forward – both for B2C and B2B businesses – by 7-10 years within just one year. Much of our consumption will remain online even as things return to “normal.” North America was a top-three priority market for 78% of respondents in our survey, and U.S. companies will likely see outsized online demand from our neighboring markets over the coming years.

Perhaps most significantly, U.S. business leaders also recognized in the survey the value of leadership and engagement on global issues not directly related to their next 10k earnings report. An overwhelming majority of business leaders – 96% – see it as important for the U.S. to reconnect with its allies on climate change and specifically to reengage on the Paris Climate Accord. This clearly reflects that business leaders have kept longer-term challenges such as guaranteeing the longevity of the planet for future generations in view, despite the short-term challenges posed by the pandemic and a more inward-looking policy agenda.

The case for more free trade and the desire for closer integration with the international community are clearly evident from our research. While international trade will undoubtedly be competing with many other policy issues on the agenda of the new U.S. administration, the U.S. business community has signaled that the COVID-19 pandemic has created both an imperative for action on trade and an opportunity for this country to once again reassert its leadership both economically and morally on the world stage.


2021 Starts Off Right for These Global Traders

Burkhard Eling will become CEO and Executive Board spokesman of logistics provider Dachser. The former leader of Dachser’s Corporate Strategy, Human Resources and Marketing units will succeed Bernhard Simon, who will take over as chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Kempten, Germany-based family-owned company at mid-year.

Tim Thorne announced his retirement as president ArcBest less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight, effective June 30. Seth Runser, ABF vice president-linehaul operations, will be promoted to the new role of ABF chief operating officer, effective Feb. 1, and he will become ABF president on July 1.

Paul Brady has been named CEO of 3Gtms, LLC, a global provider of cloud-based transportation management software based in Shelton, Connecticut. Brady, who has a long track record of success with start-ups, growth companies, and complex multinational businesses, succeeds Mitch Weseley, who retired to join the 3Gtms Board of Directors.

Brian Drees, who has more than 25 years of management/engineering experience, has joined ODW Logistics as the Columbus, Ohio-based company’s new senior director of Operational Excellence. And we can’t forget to mention that John Haber will now lead the small parcel division of Transportation Insight.

After 18 years as Pfizer’s cold chain and network solutions specialist, Matthew Tomkinson has joined Softbox as a Technical Solutions specialist. Softbox is a leading global innovator and provider of passive temperature-controlled packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, life science, and cold chain logistics industries.

Jannie Davel has joined Delta Cargo as managing director-Commercial, while Vishal Bhatnagar has been promoted to managing director-Global Cargo Operations. Davel, who will lead the Sales, Alliances and Product Management divisions, hails from DHL Global Forwarding and Emirates SkyCargo. Bhatnagar most recently was Delta Caro’s director of Cargo Operations Performance and Customer Experience.

Geert Aerts will be the new director of Cargo & Logistics at Brussels Airport. He had been active in aviation the previous 17 years at CAE Inc. Aerts succeeds Steven Polmans.

B&H Worldwide, a leading global provider of aerospace time-critical logistics solutions, appointed Michael Haskins as its head of Global Sales. He was most recently at Tala (The Aerospace Logistics Alliance). 

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DHL Goes Green with BYD Electric Trucks

Build-Your-Dreams continues to make headlines by adding more options in sustainable fleet solutions for the global and domestic transportation arenas. The world’s leading electric vehicle company announced this week that DHL added four of its Class 8 battery-electric trucks to support operations in Los Angeles.

The four trucks will undergo piloting in the Los Angeles region before hauling goods to and from the DHL LAX Gateway and other facilities. The BYD-manufactured transportation solutions are in addition to DHL’s robust order of 72 total all-electric battery-powered vans with other various vendors, according to information released.

“As a global leader in logistics and express services, DHL has proved that they’re serious about their commitment to transition to zero-emission trucking,” said John Gerra, Sr. Director of Business Development at BYD Motors. “DHL is doing more than just talking about it; they’re actually putting BYD electric trucks into commercial service, today.”

DHL currently utilizes environmentally-conscious fleet options including fully electric, hybrid-electric, and clean diesel, and low-power electric-assist e-Cargo Cycles. As part of the Strategy 2025 initiative, the Deutsche Post DHL Group continues making significant progress in sustainable operations after announcing the goal of net-zero logistics-related emissions by 2050.

“The introduction of these efficient electric trucks is a huge step forward, not only toward achieving our own clean transport goals, but also California’s ambitious goals on the adoption of zero-emission vehicles,” said Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “By implementing these electric trucks, we will prevent more than 300 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere per year, as we continue to grow and enhance our clean pick-up and delivery solutions.”

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DHL Announces First-Ever “Sustainable Logistics” Catwalk

Known as the J Winter Fashion Show 2020, DHL announced the upcoming fashion show spotlighting the relationship between the fashion industry and sustainable logistics solutions to take place on February 6 at DHL’s Express John F. Kennedy Gateway.  Fashion show producer and supermodel Jessica Minh Anh will be strutting the latest in innovative fashion  from Europe, Asia, Australia, and America while highlighting diversity, unity, creativity, and sustainability.

“Since shipping and logistics is such a big part of the fashion industry, I believe it is crucial to minimize environmental impacts by using green logistics solutions. What drew me to DHL is its great commitment to sustainability. From optimizing transport routes and rolling out alternative fuel vehicles, to operating energy-efficient warehouses, DHL is reducing transport-related CO2 emissions. It is important for me to partner with a company that prioritizes the health of our planet,” said Jessica Minh Anh.

IWG’s brand Spaces, Veestro, Warren Tricomi, scheimpflüg, Cream Ridgewood, Tone House, and Gotham Hotel were confirmed in the announcement as Anh’s selected partners for the show due to their prioritization of sustainable practices.

“We are very excited to join forces with Jessica Minh Anh in this historic project,” said Reiner Wolfs, Vice President and General Manager, Northeast Area, DHL Express U.S. “Her powerful message of motivating the younger generation to take action for a better future aligns perfectly with our vision for zero-emission logistics.”

Official fashion participants of the sustainable logistics fashion show will be released closer to the show’s debut.

How Innovation is Changing the Pace for Industry Players

Westerville, Ohio-based DHL Supply Chain, a leader in contract logistics in the Americas and a part of the Bonn, Germany-based Deutsche Post DHL Group, issued a report that found 65 percent of responding companies believe technology is having a significant impact on their supply chain.
That begs the question: Who are the other 35 percent? Because keeping up with technology is critical for just about any business these days, but most especially for those that rely on supply chains, which are tasked with moving everything from retail products and industrial equipment to perishable foods and critical medicines.

Essentially, we are at a point in the 3PL industry where companies must decide whether they are going to continue being the equivalent of hotels, taxis and encyclopedias or Airbnb, Uber and Google. The future is not now, we are already blazing in the fast lane.

DHL was already leveraging emerging technologies at 85 of its 430 North American facilities in November, when the 3PL announced it was making another $300 million technology investment to create the next generation supply chain. The goal now is to have emerging technologies deployed in 350 of DHL’s North American facilities and transportation control towers.
These technologies are going to vary by customer needs, based on the outcomes of research and pilot programs completed by DHL’s internal innovation teams and collaboration with dozens of external innovators. But it is already being played out in the acceleration of robotics, augmented reality, robotics process automation, IoT and DHL’s proprietary end-to-end visibility solution MySupplyChain.

“This investment is about a holistic view of emerging technologies that enables our customers to achieve their growth and profitability goals,” said DHL Supply Chain North America CEO Scott Sureddin in the announcement. “Our customers’ needs are not homogenous as each business and segment has unique challenges and levels of maturity. Therefore, it is important that our customers can benefit from our experiences and expertise with a variety of emerging technologies.”

This summer, DHL’s 24,000-square-foot Americas Innovation Center is scheduled to open just outside Chicago, where technologies and innovations the business is already implementing across the region will be exhibited. And the 3PL began 2019 by implementing innovative processes to improve the hiring and retention of warehouse workers across its network. That rapidly paid off in the form of 445 daily applications and nearly 32,000 fewer hours spent on administrative hiring tasks.

“Our customers rely on us to provide talent that consistently meets their needs; and to accomplish that, we apply the same level of operational excellence to talent acquisition and retention as we do in developing supply chain solutions for our customers,” says Tim Sprosty, senior vice president of Human Resources at DHL Supply Chain. “Using a combination of innovative thinking and disciplined execution to attract and retain the people our business depends on is resulting in significant benefits.”
Profound (and rapid) change is indeed a result of innovation. What follows are just some of the developments you should be paying attention to lest you get left behind with the supply chain equivalents of stale mints under your pillows, sticky cab seats and out-of-date World Books.

DB Schenker and IAM Robotics’ Warehouse of the Future

Last fall brought the announcement that DB Schenker Americas, which is headquartered in Miami, Florida, and serves this side of the globe for Essen, Germany-based logistics solutions and supply-chain management giant DB Schenker, and IAM Robotics of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, are pooling together their respective expertise to develop the “warehouse of the future.”

DB Schenker Americas is utilizing IAM’s mobile, piece-picking robotic technology because, as the companies’ reps will tell you, the modern-day supply chain does a lot more than move products from one place to the next. Automation is key to meeting customer demands for flexibility, visibility, and transparency.

MHI, the nation’s largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association, as well as the presenter of the ProMat and MODEX expos, reports that 34 percent of companies are looking to robotics and automation to improve overall supply chain efficiencies by handling previously manual tasks such as picking, sorting, inspecting, storing, handling and classifying products. Within five years, MHI expects robotics and automation adoption to rise to 53 percent.

“This expected rise in adoption suggests that firms recognize robotics and automation as integral tools to maintain and increase competitive advantage through NextGen supply chains,” the MHI report states. “As automation becomes smarter, safer, and more accurate, it is also becoming less expensive and easier to implement—helping to drive adoption.”
Which brings us to the DB Schenker-IAM Robotics smart warehouse. “This is a true collaboration in the sense that DB Schenker knows the logistics industry inside and out, and IAM Robotics has an incredible depth of technological knowledge and innovation,” says John Stikes, DB Schenker America’s director of Innovation and e-commerce. “By bringing these two powerful forces together, we can challenge one another and come up with solutions that literally take warehousing to the next level.”

A warehouse of the future or “smart factory” concept folds nicely into Industry 4.0, which is the current trend of using automation and data exchange (i.e., the Internet of Things, cloud computing, cognitive computing, etc.) in manufacturing technologies.

“In the warehouse, fully-automated applications will be the key to sustainability and competitiveness in the new marketplace,” Stikes says. “Through automation, companies can achieve compelling economic advantages while alleviating their labor issues, and then redeploy that labor to more thought-involved processes and gain enhanced flexibility in their operations.”

Schneider and Trucker Tools’ Load Track and Smart Capacity Software

Schneider generated $4.4 billion in revenues in 2017 and is routinely named among the best third-party logistics companies in the United States. But success can bring headaches, and the Green Bay, Wisconsin-based company’s brain trust was chomping aspirins over the need to support its growing network of carriers and freight brokerage operations, which just happen to be among the nation’s largest.

What’s a mighty 3PL to do? Look to another third party, which is what Schneider’s Transportation Management division did when it latched onto Trucker Tools. Specifically, Schneider adopted the Reston, Virginia-based company’s load tracking, carrier engagement, capacity visibility and predictive freight-matching software.

“We are growing our capabilities with Trucker Tools to deliver a better experience for carriers and easier access to the high-quality loads they expect from Schneider,” beams Erin Van Zeeland, Schneider’s senior vice president and general manager of Logistics Services.

As Schneider moves loads and interacts with thousands of carriers daily that include small trucking fleets and owner-operators in North America, the 3PL is incorporating Load Track and Smart Capacity, two of Trucker Tools’ principal, cloud-based software applications. “With Load Track, our carriers have an easy-to-use platform for delivering quality information on the progress and status of loads in transit as well as visibility to available loads,” says Van Zeeland. “This allows us to more efficiently connect the right loads with the right carriers while enhancing the visibility shippers want.”

Meanwhile, the Smart Capacity platform provides brokers with predictive freight-matching tools and real-time, trusted visibility into when and where trucks are available. Schneider is also leveraging Trucker Tools’ mobile driver app, which can be accessed by the expanding network of small carriers and micro-operators. Indeed, Van Zeeland concedes the app was “a big selling point” because of its popularity with small and micro-carriers, who appreciate having at their fingertips “a variety of useful driver-centric tools, information and resources.”

The mobile app, which has been downloaded by more than 500,000 truck drivers, allows the Load Track feature to use a smartphone’s GPS software to continually update and deliver precise location data, which is sent from the driver’s device to the broker over Trucker Tools’ confidential, secure network.

BNSF Logistics and Blume Global’s Digital Supply Chain Platform

BNSF Logistics, a multi-modal, 3PL services provider specializing in the movement of freight around the globe, obviously figures even bigger is even better. So to fuel a major worldwide expansion, the 3PL recently adopted Blume Global’s digital supply chain platform.

Pleasanton, California-based Blume Global, which was formerly known as REZ-1, is a high-growth company with a 24-year history of delivering innovation in the global supply chain ecosystem. Its digital supply chain solutions now help BNSF Logistics—a subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC, a Berkshire Hathaway company—optimize the intermodal transport services it offers to customers across the globe.

Specifically, Blume Global has tightly integrated BNSF Logistics’ distributed supply chain—collecting and analyzing data to optimize every touchpoint between the 3PL, its logistics providers and its customers. This data-driven approach includes powerful end-to-end global visibility for cargo and containers around the world, across every mode and provider, down to the last mile.

BNSF Logistics is also tapping into Blume’s vast global network of more than 4,200 motor carriers for its customers and using Blume Finance to streamline the entire freight audit and pay process across its network of suppliers.

“Blume Global is a critical digital supply chain platform that will allow us to deliver an exceptional logistics experience to our customers while driving aggressive global expansion goals,” says Dan Curtis, the BNSF Logistics president. “For our customers, Blume’s capabilities enhance our ability to manage our customers’ complex supply chains. This addition will help take us to the next level, arming us with critical real-time information and powerful, data-driven capabilities to measure and optimize our entire process while maximizing efficiency, as well as leveraging Blume’s comprehensive network of motor carriers.”

“BNSF Logistics has moved cargo across the country and around the world for years,” notes Blume Global’s CEO Pervinder Johar. “As they continue to extend their capabilities into new markets, geographies and modes, Blume Global is dedicated to helping BNSF Logistics deliver excellent, consistent logistics experiences for its customers. Blume’s capabilities will power BNSF Logistics’ data-driven approach to integrate, measure and ultimately optimize every interaction within its customers’ supply chains.”

Blume Global’s track record obviously stood out for BNSF Logistics (which does, after all, know a thing or three about tracks). Among Blume’s other happy clients are Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern Corp. Blume, which unveiled its name change from REZ-1 during last September’s IANA Intermodal Expo in Long Beach, announced in January that it is now being listed as a Representative Vendor in Gartner’s “Market Guide for Real-Time Visibility Providers.”

USPS and Tive Inc.’s Return-By-Mail Tracker

Tive Inc., a leading provider of in-transit supply chain tracking solutions, has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service on a return-by-mail tracker that enables seamless return logistics for shipments within the 50 states. The new capability significantly simplifies return logistics for manufacturers and shippers that rely on Tive’s tracker and software solution to maintain end-to-end visibility into their in-transit goods, boasts the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company.

“With our new return-by mail tracker, we have significantly accelerated tracker reuse and reduced the complexity of return logistics for our customers,” says Tive CEO and founder Krenar Komoni. “As Tive works with more and more companies to bring a new level of visibility to their supply chains, we are committed to making it as easy as possible for our customers to use our solution and integrate our trackers and software into their existing operations.”

Tive provides a sensor and software solution that allows supply chain managers to track and analyze the location and condition of their shipments in real time. The company’s proprietary low-power multi-sensor tracker uses cellular connectivity to provide real-time monitoring and analysis of the location, climate and integrity of shipments. Supply chain managers access this data and analysis through the Tive software platform, where they can set up custom alerts like ETA warnings, temperature deviations or geofences. They can also use the Tive API to pull data into external SCM, TMS or ERP systems and gather insights into their supply chain.

Tive’s newly developed return-by-mail tracker can be placed directly in any postal box in the U.S. without the need for any special labeling or packaging. This means that trackers can be placed with shipments going anywhere in the country, and the recipient can just collect the trackers and put them in any standard mailbox to get them back to Tive or the origin address. The tracker comes with a sturdy mailing sleeve that has been approved for use by the Postal Service.

Meanwhile, Tive is pursuing a similar service with international postal services that would enable companies to take advantage of global return logistics at limited additional cost.

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DHL Adds Electric Delivery Vans Supporting Reduced Emissions

Leading international express services provider, DHL, confirmed the addition of electronic delivery vans to its alternative fuel vehicle fleet to support company goals to reduce emissions.

By 2025, the company hopes to have at least 70 percent of its delivery services performed with clean transport modes. Beyond 2025, the company’s vision is to be 100 percent emissions-free, with 2050 slated at the goal year. The new fleet boasts features including most efficient last-mile delivery and work truck systems available with the ability to run up to 100 miles on a single charge.

“Throughout the United States, DHL has proactively sought opportunities in select markets where we can implement AFV fleets that will help us reach our clean transport goals while continuing to provide a superior service experience,” said Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S.

“This year alone, nearly 30 percent of our new vehicles will be alternative fuel. We’re excited about the technologies that continue to emerge in this area and how they are benefiting the logistics industry.”

Global companies continue following the increasing trend of implementing eco-friendly and sustainable options in transportation, from shippers to trucking and beyond. These efforts promote sustainable transportation as a standard, ultimately raising the bar for all players in the shipping and transportation sectors.

Currently, the company boasts reduced emissions efforts through employing fully electric, hybrid-electric, compressed natural gas (CNG) and clean diesel as part of operations. The company lists four strategies that will enable the company to meet its target goals, one “milestone” at a time. To read more about the company’s plan, visit DHL.

Source: DHL

Gartner Positions DHL as Leader in 2019 Magic Quadrant list for 3PL

Global logistics contract provider, DHL joins many of its own customers on the 2019 Magic Quadrant list. The company’s impressive scale and seamless solutions integration for global clients contributed to earning the “Leader” title in the 2019 list.

“Predictability is critical in this business, and our customers count on us to maintain a level of unmatched operational excellence in everything we do,” said Scott Sureddin, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Supply Chain North America. “We believe that being named a Leader in the Magic Quadrant again this year is a testament to our ability to think strategically and operate exceptionally to drive continuous efficiency improvements for our customers across verticals.”

DHL Supply Chain was 1 of 19 companies surveyed for Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute. DHL maintained the furthest position in Completeness of Vision, representing some of the most prominent North American 3PL experts. Roughly 70 percent of DHL Supply Chain clients were named in the 2018 list (Gartner, The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2018, Stan Aronow et al., 16 May 2018).

“These providers enable customers to outsource, either completely or partially, their logistics operations to external specialists. Many companies view logistics outsourcing as an effective strategy primarily to reduce costs, but more and more customers are seeking innovative solutions that can improve process and service as well.”

Source: DHL

ProMat Expo 2019: Day One Overview

Day one of ProMat Expo 2019 in Chicago concluded with thousands of attendees more educated on industry trends, products, and expert insight than when they arrived.

The trade show featured a vast array of massive displays, game-changing products, and innovative technology solutions – from robotics and disruptive AI, to packaging and warehouse solutions to support seamless operations and reduced inefficiencies.

With dozens of education seminars to choose from, the primary themes focused on AI integration and challenged perceptions on trends such as lean manufacturing. Keynote speakers took education one step further through comprehensive analysis and presentations filled with valuable expert knowledge and key takeaways essential for stepping up operations in 2019.

Among the presenting speakers included topic expert Scott Redelman, National Manager with Toyota Forklift in Atlanta, who took the trend of lean manufacturing and debunked common misconceptions on how to successfully integrate lean methods into operations. Redelman emphasized the importance of fully understanding the problems lean manufacturing solves before implementation.

“Lean manufacturing reduces process, not manpower,” he said.

Artificial Intelligence was another topic focal point with an entire morning filled with tech and AI-focused education seminars. Among these topic experts was Omar Rashid, Vice President of Operations Development at DHL Supply Chain. Rashid took a granular look at what drives the integration of AI, citing the goal of a dynamic environment as a key driver. Rashid also made it clear that although AI supports operational efficiencies, “there will always be a role for humans.”

As day two quickly approaches, Global Trade Magazine will continue capturing the best knowledge and industry expertise while learning about new challenges in innovation and technology solutions to share with our readers.

Global Connectedness Reached All-Time High in 2017

Global connectedness reached all-time high numbers in 2017 as a direct result of a substantial increase in, “flows of trade, capital, information and people across national borders” in a decade, according to DHL’s newly released Global Connectedness Index. Additionally, the delay of implementing key policy changes contributed to the increase of international economic growth.

“Even as the world continues to globalize, there is still tremendous untapped potential around the world. The GCI shows that currently, most of the movements and exchanges we’re seeing are domestic rather than international, yet we know that globalization is a decisive factor in growth and prosperity,” explains John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. “Increasing international cooperation continues to contribute to stability so companies and countries that embrace globalization benefit tremendously.”

Among the countries that topped the list of “Most Globally Connected,” the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, Belgium and the United Arab Emirates took the spot for top five in the world.
North America, the Middle East and North Africa ranked as the top three regions for capital and information flows.
“Surprisingly, even after globalization’s recent gains, the world is still less connected than most people think it is,” commented GCI co-author Steven A. Altman, Senior Research Scholar at the NYU Stern School of Business and Executive Director of NYU Stern’s Center for the Globalization of Education and Management. “This is important because, when people overestimate international flows, they tend to worry more about them.  The facts in our report can help calm such fears and focus attention on real solutions to societal concerns about globalization.”
To read the full report, click here.
Source: DHL